19 Apr

Veg Tanning: Leather Done Right!


We all own one and flaunt it around don’t we? Yep, I’m talking of a leather bag. Spells class with a capital C. It is a timeless and elegant material; however fancy another bag maybe, one in leather will always trump it!

Leather as we all know is the raw hide or skin of an animal which is tanned and then used to produce several products.

Tanning is the process that changes the animal hides into long-lasting chemically stable leather. There are two main processes that tanners use: vegetable tanning and chrome tanning.


This matka bag from Pelle is best for Girls!

Chrome tanning

Uses synthetic chemicals (mainly chromium) to tan the leather in only one day. Most of the world’s leather is made using this method, which was invented in the 19th Century to allow for the mass production of leather goods.

Vegetable tanning

Which is a traditional method that was refined by the Italians,Spanish and French during the Renaissance. Only 10% of leather is made using this natural process, as it is more time-consuming to produce and relies on experienced craftsmen to create the vegetable-tanned leather.

Raw hides are placed in pits or barrels with natural tannins from tree barks, roots and flower pods and are left for around 40 days to tan. Only a few tanneries have the capacity, skill and patience to produce vegetable tanned leather but the end result is environmentally friendly and each piece of leather is unique. Vegetable tanned leather changes continuously over time as it develops a patina, much like a tree darkens in the sun.


Use this Genuine Vegetable Tanned Leather bag from Pelle

Natural tannins are available in liquid or powder form, and are obtained from different parts of plants including woods, barks, fruits, fruit pods and leaves. Time is the other key ingredient as vegetable tanning is a craft that requires patience and precision.

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Each bag is individually crafted. The more it is used, the softer, flexible and durable it becomes. What is more important – looks better with age, regular use as the leather softens and deepens in color. Every bag is double stitched on the trim to ensure durability, strength and the ability to withstand the test of time.

This kind of bag is still being processed in the traditional way that has been used since generations in the past. Materials and products to craft handmade natural leather bag are directly provided by traditional craft based families and communities.


This fantastic Dark Brown Duffle bag  is perfect to use as an travel bag.

The leather used for the bag is non-chemically treated and dye free. The leather retains distinctive earthy leather’s smell that evaporates away with days of use. Natural oil is primed once to accent natural scars, scratches, burns. All those features make Pelle bags unique in design. Oil protected leather is water resistant.



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